Hen Bufflehead Duck
Seldom seen ducks such as Pintails, Blue Winged Teal, and a lone Bufflehead (my favorite duck), were here in The Villages, FL, on December 26, 2019 in the Northern areas of the community (Souliere Villas ponds and Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range pond). Other ducks such as Whistlers were seen at Lake Mira-mar and at the little Glenview Country Club ponds on Buena Vista at El Camino.
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Mallards & Canada Geese
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Northern Shoveler Ducks
Hen Bufflehead Duck
Lesser Scaup Ducks, Red Head Ducks, Mallard Ducks, Northern Pintail Ducks, and the gorgeous Bufflehead Ducks were all in abundance on the 101 acre private community lake here on December 30, 2010, and December 31, 2010. I also took pictures of the Red Head Ducks on Jan. 1, 2011. The Lesser Scaup Ducks were in a large flock with many Mallard Ducks. There were also a few Canada Geese, Western Grebes, Pied-Billed Grebes and lots of American Coots out on the lake, too. The Scaups, Red Heads and Buffleheads are diving ducks and all seemed a bit smaller than the Mallards. The Ducks looked like they were in prime condition with brilliant feather colors. I so enjoyed seeing the huge numbers here! The Bufflehead Duck males are mostly white with black accents. The Bufflehead females, or hens, are dark brown with white accents, and look like almost an opposite of the male or drake. The Northern Pintail Duck has that upright stiff tail that is fairly long. The Mallard male has a green head, grey and buff body with charcoal accents. The female Mallard is mostly a medium tan with streaks of dark brown and white. The Lesser Scaup Ducks, Pintail Ducks, Red Heads and Buffleheads are migrant visitors. So are the Coots. We do have the Mallards here year around as we also have Wood Ducks off and on for most of the year. All are lovely! By the way, no hunting is allowed on or around the lake here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!